I am of the age where many of my high school classmates who started families in their 20s are now sending their “babies” out into the great big world. It’s graduation time, and it’s an odd thing experiencing it with them as a parent. I feel their mix of pride and angst, and part of me is so grateful we have several more years until we are the ones torn between excitement for a child’s new stage of life and sadness for the childhood that is officially over. It goes fast, we all know that. But graduation really underscores how fleeting childhood is. This is the time of year I can get lost for hours in piles of baby photos, trying to summon that sweet smell of my newborns, or the way their little hands looked when they were toddlers, or trying to recall their funny mispronunciations as they were learning to talk. Sometimes it seems like it was a long ago dream, but when I see photos, I can be right back THERE like it was yesterday. What a magical thing that is!
This little girl arrived into this world with an amazingly sweet big brother already on her side, ready to love her, protect her, and grow along with her. What a lucky, lucky little girl. Hold tight little one. The ride is crazy but it’s SO FAST!